I was sued again recently. The prosecutor attacked me like a raging bull. Well, what was his charge this time? He claimed that my justification, not guilty verdict, was not valid. He proved his claim with the deity of Jesus. In the charge which he presented to the Judge, he claimed that because the man made the mortal sin only man can give sacrifice for that sin, not God. On this basis he demanded the invalidation of my innocense. Well, these accusations don't startle me anymore, not at all. My mind is also comforted by the fact that this presecutor will soon be removed from his office: " Then I heard a loud voice saying in heaven, "Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of our brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down. And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death." (Rev. 12:10,11) Before that we have to defend ourselves against different kinds of accusations.
Now you may wonder how an average member of the Kingdom is able to defend himself. Do we not need a great bunch of pastors, teachers and other ministers of the Kingodm for that? This is not the case. Even getting to know the Law book, the Bible, superficially, with the help of the top lawyer H. Spirit will help the defense. With his guidance we all can become quite skillful in this matter: "But God has revealed them to us through His Spirit. For the Spirit searches all things, yes, the deep things of God. For what man knows the things of a man except the spirit of the man which is in him? Even so no one knows the things of God except the Spirit of God. Now we have received, not the spirit of the world, but the Spirit who is from God, that we might know the things that have been freely given to us by God." (1.Cor.12:10-12) With these things in my mind I entered the court room with confidence.
After quite an ardent presentation of the prosecution, it became defense's turn. I hastily read the note given by the top lawyer H. Spirit. I told the court that the claims presented by the prosecutor, were true, in some parts. Because the sin offering had to be immaculate, a sacrifice given by any man was not appropriate for that purpose. Who else could be immaculate than God alone? Though Jesus lived in a human body, he never denied His divine origin. For this part the prosecutor's arguments must have a foundation. For the beginning of the chain of wittnesses, I asked an eyewittness to tell what he had heard and seen. This witness, John, heard the Master say these words: "For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him." (John 5:21-23) According to what this witness told, we can conclude with assurance that Jesus was talking about His own deity. He pointed to three things in this case, namely, to giving life, judging, and honoring. The Law book tells us that God does not share His honor: "I am the LORD, that is My name; and My glory I will not give to another, nor My praise to carved images." (Isa. 42:8) Because of this clause we can make one conclusion only. Jesus was, is, and will always be God. I guess the case is closed for this part.
Next was Paul's turn, my star wittness. We expect him to enlighten our understanding concerning the humanity of Jesus. To my question whether Jesus was as us in all parts, he replied with these words: "Inasmuch then as the children have partaken of flesh and blood, He Himself likewise shared in the same, that through death He might destroy him who had the power of death, that is, the devil, and release those who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage. Therefore, in all things He had to be made like His brethren, that He might be a merciful and faithful High Priest in things pertaining to God, to make propitiation for the sins of the people. For in that He Himself has suffered, being tempted, He is able to aid those who are tempted." (Hebr.2:14-15,17-18) Paul's reply to my inquiry, did Jesus live perfect, sinless life here on earth, was this: "For we do not have a High Priest who cannot sympathize with our weaknesses, but was in all points tempted as we are, yet without sin." (Hebr. 4:15) As you reamark, his replies were short, concise and pretty exhaustive. Still I wanted clarification from this witness for the question how and to whom the immaculatness of Jesus is counted for. This time the reply was a little bit longer: "But now the righteousness of God apart from the law is revealed, being witnessed by the Law and the Prophets, even the righteousness of God, through faith in Jesus Christ, to all and on all who believe. For there is no difference; for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, being justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus, whom God set forth as a propitiation by His blood, through faith, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His forbearance God had passed over the sins that were previously committed, to demonstrate at the present time His righteousness, that He might be just and the justifier of the one who has faith in Jesus." (Rom. 3:21-26) From this reply comes out that righteousness is counted for us as a gift, through faith, and all who believe. I had chosen a few more witnesses, but I did not want to prolong this process. I believed these two witnesses were enough, from my point of view, to make the right verdict. I let my case go to the Judge.
We got the verdict soon, and it was just according to my expectations. I heard these liberating words from the lips of the Judge: "There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made you free from the law of sin and death." (Rom.8:1-2)
The throne of judgement had become the throne of grace once again.
With conclusive greetings
J. P.